Coalition of Attorneys General Want National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity


Charlotte, NC –-( As we reported last November, the ongoing effort to fully vindicate the fundamental, individual right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense took a major step forward with House passage of H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.”

The bill, sponsored by Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), has 245 cosponsors and was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272-154.

After passage in the House, the bill was sent to the Senate, where it remains.  Since November, the Senate has failed to take any significant action on the bill.

Recently, the Attorneys General of 22 states and the territory of Guam wrote a letter of support for H.R. 822 to Reps. Stearns and Shuler, stating in part, “While some have suggested this legislation would endanger public safety, our experience suggests the opposite.  Individuals with concealed carry permits from our states have proven to be more law-abiding than non-licensees, and in many instances have been able to defend themselves and others effectively from criminal attack.  Many of our states also have laws recognizing out-of-state permits, and people carrying concealed handguns under those laws have done so without any unusual problems.”

The Attorneys General also urged the Senate to take action on the bill.

H.R. 822 would allow any person with a valid state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that issues concealed firearm permits, or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms for lawful purposes. A state’s laws governing where concealed firearms may be carried would apply within its borders. The bill applies to D.C., Puerto Rico and U.S. territories. It would not create a federal licensing system; rather, it would require the states to recognize each others’ carry permits, just as they recognize drivers’ licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards.  Rep. Stearns has introduced such legislation since 1995.

To read the letter in full, please click here.

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  • 2 thoughts on “Coalition of Attorneys General Want National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity

    1. So i read the entire Act as passed by the House. Im not sure I follow the whole thing… I have a Non res permit only due to Ohio’s goofy laws… I would still be alloed to carry the non res in my own state????? Hmmm

    2. It is my opinion that States that do not recognize every other State’s Concealed Weapons Permits are in violation of Article IV, Section 1 of the US Constitution and in so doing are also violating the right of the people under Amendment II of the US Constitution to “keep and bear arms”. The Federal Government has an obligation under Article IV, Section 1, and Amendment XIV, Section 5, of the US Constitution to enforce the interstate recognition of Concealed Weapons Permits. H.R. 822 is intended to correct those States non-compliance with the US Constitution. Failure to enforce that interstate recognition of Concealed Weapons Permits is a failure of our elected representatives to fulfill their obligations under their Oath (or Affirmation) of Office taken in accordance with Article VI of the US Constitution.

      I have written my Senators on my support of H.R. 822, which passed the House of Representative on November 16, 2011 by a vote of 272 – 154. On November 17, 2011, H.R. 822 was then referred to the Senate, where it was received, read twice and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. As of this date, there are no hearings or actions scheduled for H.R. 822, even though it passed the House with a significant bi-partisan majority and deals with an issue regarding the failure of States to adhere to the US Constitution and as a result, deny US Citizens their Constitutional Rights. Since that time 2 more Bills, S. 2188 and S. 2213, have been introduced in the Senate and also referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where they also sit with no hearings or actions scheduled. It appears to me, given the membership of this Committee and the past history of the majority of members of the Democratic party, that the Senate Committee on the Judiciary is sitting on these Bills with the intention of never allowing a vote on any of them. This is not what we elected our Senators to do!

      I, for one, will no longer tolerate the practice of burying legislation so that our elected representatives do not have to cast votes which then become a matter of public record. Given that this practice has continued far too long and has now become the normal, I will now consider every instance of a non-vote as a NO vote in my consideration of both individual and party voting history for future elections. We, the people, deserve to have all issues voted upon so that we can see if our elected representatives are, in fact, representing their constituents and the US Constitution rather than some party position that, in this case, is indefensible and contrary to both law and fact. I expect the Senate Democratic caucus to do everything to have H.R. 822, S. 2188 and S. 2213 moved from the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and brought to the Senate floor, without amendment, for a vote. Failing that, any one Senator may circumvent any Senate committee through the Senate’s Amendment procedures whereby the entire text of a Bill can be added as an amendment to another Senate Bill. Given these options available to each and every Senator, I will no longer allow my elected representatives and their political party to hide behind procedural gimmicks in order to obscure their performance and their true intentions.

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